« ПредишнаНапред »
THE HALL OF JUSTICE.
Coifiteor facere hoc annus; aed et altera causa ett Aiiircas animi, continuuttquc dolor.
Magistrate, Vagrant, Constable.
Tim, take away thy barbarous hand,
Rrmit awhile the harsh command,
Foad wretch! and what canst thou relate, Bnt deeds of sorrow, shame, and sin?
Thy crime is proved, thou knowst thy fate; But come, thy tale!—begin, begin!—
My crime! This sick'ning child to feed,
I seized the food, your witness saw;
I knew your laws forbade the deed,
Know»t thou, to Nature's great command
fay! frown not—stay his eager hand,
'» this, tir adopted babe I hold
My heart's sole comfort I behold,
I *»w her pining, fainting, cold,
I «*w the tempting food, and seized—
Abo, in the pilfer'd treasure pleased,
Bnt I have griefs of other kind,
Gire me to ease my tortured mind,
And let me—if I may not find
Yet nameless let me plead—my name
A child of sin, conceived in shame,
My mother dead, my father lost,
A common care, a common cost,
Their sorrows and their sins I knew;
With them, by want on error forced,
Few are my years, not so my crimes;
The age, which these sad looks declare, Is Sorrow's work, it is not Time's,
And I am old in shame and care.
Taught to believe the world a place
Train'd in the arts that mark our race,
Could I a better life embrace,
So through the land I wandering went,
But lost my bosom's sweet content
A sturdy youth he was and tall,
His piercing eyes were deep and small,
Yes, Aaron had each manly charm.
He scarcely fear'd his father's arm,
Oft, when they grew in anger warm,
(Whom will not love and power divide?)
I rose, their wrathful souls to calm,
His father was our party's chief,
His presence fill'd my heart with grief,
With Aaron I delighted went,
His favour was my bliss and pride;
In growing hope our days we spent,
It saw them, all which Nature lent.
Could I the father's kindness prize,
Whom I beheld in wrath arise,
When Aaron sunk beneath his blow?
He drove him down with wicked hand,
Then vex'd him, till he left the land,
The clan were all at his command.
The night was dark, the lanes were deep,
He bade me lay me down and sleep,
Accursed be the love he bore,
So let him of his God implore
You frown again,—to show my wrong,
My woes are deep, my words are strong,—
I hear thy words, I feel thy pain;
Forbear awhile to speak thy woes; Receive our aid, and then again
The story of thy life disclose.
For, though seduced and led astray,
Thou'st travcll'd far and wander'd long;
Thy God hath seen thee all the way, And all the turns that led thee wrong.
Quondam ridentes ocoll none fonte perenni Drnlorant iiojnas nocte diequc »ua».
1 Coin. Galli Eleg.
Comh, now again thy woes impart, Tell all thy sorrows, all thy sin;
We cannot heal the throbbing heart Till we discern the wounds within.
Compunction weeps our guilt away, The sinner's safety is his pain;
Such pangs for our offences pay, And these severer griefs are gain.
The son came back—he found us wed, Then dreadful was the oath he swore ;—
His way through Blackburn Forest led,— His father we beheld no more.
Of all our daring clan not one
Would on the doubtful subject dwell;
For all esteem'd the injured son,
But I had mightier cause for fear,
I saw a dreadful form appear,—
(Yes! we were wed, I know my crime,—
But I was grieving all the time,
For he not yet had felt the pain
He waked to sin, then slept again,
But I was forced to feign delight,
And mem'ry now recalls the night,
With such surprise and horror fraught
That reason felt a moment's flight
When waking, on my heaving breast
A sudden fear my voice suppress'd,
I seem'd—no words can utter how!
For there my father-husband stood,— And thus he said:—Will God allow.
The great avenger, just and good. A wife to break her marriage-vow?
A sbn to shed his father's blood?
I trembled at the dismal sonnds,
So, pointing to his bleeding wounds.
I brought a lovely daughter forth,
He took her from me in his wrath,—
'Twas false—we wander'd far and wide.
Through town and country, field and fen. Till Aaron, fighting, fell and died,
And I became a wife again.
I then was young:—my husband sold
He gave me oft, for sinful gold,
Behold me, Heaven! my pains behold,
The wretch who lent mc thus for gain,
Then came disease, and brought me pain —
For though I grieve, my grief is vain,
True, I was not to virtue train'd,
By each oflence my heart was pain'd,
My hetter thoughts my life disdain'd,
My hatband died, and now no more
A widow'd vagrant, vile and poor.
Ceaseless I roved the country round,
And long a poor subsistence found,
ThuQ'h poor, and abject, and despised,
'pre the young the love they prized.
Schemes for the doubtful I devised,
it length for arts like these confined
In prison with a lawless crew, ■ won perceived a kindred mind,
And there my long-lost daughter knew.
Hii lather's child, whom Aaron gave
To wander with a distant clan,
And be the slat e of vice and man.
She Lnew my name—we met in pain,
She tail'd a convict o'er the main,
This is that heir to shame and pain,
A world of trouble and disdain:
Or stretch her feeble hands in vain,
No! though the fate thy mother knew
Have wander'd all, a lawless cre.w,
Yet as the dark and muddy tide,
Becomes more pure, and, purified,
Flows in a clear and happy course;—
In thee, dear infant! so may end
Our shame, in thee our sorrows cense!
And thy pure course will then extend,
Oh! by the God who loves to spare,
Deny me not the boon I crave;
And let me find a peaceful grave;
And let my sins their portion have; Her for a better fate prepare,
And punish whom 'twere sin to save!
Recall the word, renounce the thought,
There is to all a pardon brought,
'Tis full when found, 'tis found if sought,
By feeling dread that 'tis not sent, By tears for sin that freely flow.
By grief, that all thy tears arc spent, By thoughts on that great debt we owe,
With all the mercy God has lent, By suffering what thou canst not show,
Yet showing how thine heart is rent, Till thou canst feel thy bosom glow,
And say: "Mv Sunn it. I Rkpknt!
Mr. Ledvahii, Ax Ovotbd ay M. Park In nis Tfuvbi* Into Aran*.
To a Woman I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. If 1 was hungry or thirsty, wet or sick, they did not hesitate, like Men, to perform a generous action: in so free and kind a manner did they contribute to my relief, that if I was dry, I drank the sweetest draught; and if hungry, I ate the coarsest morsel with a double relish.
Seem they grave or learned? rVhy, So didst ibou—Seem they religious? Wbj, io didst than; or are they spare in diet. Free from grow passion, or of mirth or anger, Cnsiont ia spirit, not swerving with the blood. Garaiffl'd and deck'd in modest compliment, V'l working with the eye without the ear, Asd bat with purged judgment trusting neither? Ssck lad so liaely bolted didst thou seem.
Shiksi-kahk, King Henry V.
Better I were distract, S* should my thoughts be sevcr'd from my griefs, And woes by strong imagination lose The knowledge of themselves.
Sii ik.»fKiRE, King Lear.
Ummiii! thou gift of Heav'n! thou light divine! Amid what dangers art tliou dooru'd to shine! Oft vill the body's weakness check thy force, Oft damp thy vigour and impede thy course; .lad trembling nerves compel thee to restrain Thy nobler efforts, to contend with pain; Or Want (sad guest!) will in thy presence
come, And breathe around her melancholy gloom; To life's low t-ares will thy proud thought
confine, Asd make her sufferings, her impatience,
thine. Evil and strong, seducing passions prey On soaring minds, and win them from their
way; ■ ho then to \ ice the subject spirits give. And in the service of the conqu'ror live; Like captive Samson making sport for all, Who fear'd their strength, and glory in
their fall, (•rains, with v irtue, still may lack the aid Implored by humble minds and hearts afraid; May leave to timid souls tho shield and
sword Of the tried faith, and the resistless word; Amid a world of dangers venturing forth, frail, but yet fearless, proud in conscious
worth, Till strong temptation, in some fatal time, Assails the heart and wins the soul to crime; Vibea left by honour, and by sorrow spent, Unused to pray, nnable to repent, The nobler powers that once exalted high Th'aspiring man, shall then degraded lie: Reason, through anguish, shall her throne
forsake, And strength of mind but stronger madness make.
When Edward Shork had reaeh'd his
twentieth year, He felt his bosom light, his conscience
clear; Applause at school the youthful hero gain'd, And trials there with manly strength
sustain d: With prospects bright upon the world he
came, Pure love of virtue, strong desire of fame: Men watch'd the way his lofty mind would
take. And all foretold the progress he would make. Boast of these friends, to older men a guide, Proud of his parts, but gracious in his pride; He bore a gay good-nature in his face, And in his air were dignity and grace; Dress that became his state and years he
wore, And sense and spirit shone in Kdwnrd Shore. Thus while admiring friends the youth
beheld, His own disgust theirforward hopes rcpell'd; For he unfix'd, unfixing, look'd around, And no employment but in seeking found; He gave his restless thoughts to views refined, And shrank from worldly cares with wounded
mind. Rejecting trade, awhile he dwelt on lnws, But who conld plead, if unapproved the
cause If A doubting, dismal tribe physicians seem'd; Divines o'er texts and disputations dreain'd; War and its glory he perhaps could love, Rut there again he must tbe cause approve. Our hero thought no deed should gain
applause, Where timid virtue found support in laws; He to all good would soar, would fly all sin, By the pure prompting of the will within; Who needs a law that binds him not to steal, Ask'd the young teacher, can he rightly feel? To curb the will, or arm in honour's cause, Or aid the weak—are these enforced by
laws? Should we a fonl, ungenerous action dread. Because a law condemns th'adulterous bed? Or fly pollution, not for fear of stain. But that some statute tells us to refrain? The grosser herd in ties like these we bind. In virtue's freedom moves th' enlighten'd
mind. Man's heart deceives him, said a friend:
Of course, Replied the youth, but has it power to force?